George Zimmerman's First Court Appearance
George Zimmerman had his first court appearance today. His arraignment was set for May 29. Unless he's granted bail before then, he'll remain jailed. At a news conference I just watched that took place after the brief court hearing, the prosecutor who will be in charge of the case refused to answer questions about the facts that led to the second degree murder charged. By the end of his conference, he displayed a short fuse and testy demeanor.
George Zimmerman's new lawyer, Mark O'Mara, addressed the media, and said he and Zimmerman decided a few hours before the hearing to delay their request for bail. He said they will be requesting bail sometime within the next few weeks. He also said Zimmerman is in protective custody at the jail, and that he supported the placement for safety reasons. [More..]
O'Mara mentioned that Zimmerman really has no other safe place to go right now, and he will be working on finding one to present to the judge at the eventual bail hearing.
O'Mara has not yet seen any discovery. He has not received any legal fees, and will be requesting a finding of indigency so that the court pays for the cost of experts and other expenses (not including legal fees.) He does not know how much, if any, money was raised by Zimmerman's website. He did not express concerns about Zimmerman's mental health.
The judge today sealed all future records in the case. He said a 2 page probable cause affidavit will be released, but everything else will be sealed. The case has been assigned to Senior Circuit Court Justice Seminole Circuit Judge Jessica J. Recksiedler.
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